Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  25 responses

Dallas Mavericks to Sign Vince Carter

As expected, Vince Carter will soon be a member of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Not bad for a guy who was just waived. Per the Dallas Morning News: “Two newly minted Mavericks arrived in town Sunday and were able to watch the evening practice, which included a scrimmage. Vince Carter and Brian Cardinal, both free agents, did not take part in the practice because their paperwork had not yet been filed with the league. Carter will not officially clear wavers until Monday afternoon, which means that’s the earliest he will be able to sign his contract. There have been no complications with the deal and all signs point to a signing Monday. Carter’s deal will be for the mid-level exception, which for the Mavericks will be $3 million because they have nudged into luxury-tax territory. It will go on the books as a three-year deal although years two and three are only partially guaranteed. As for Cardinal, who was part of last year’s championship team but only agreed to a new deal on Saturday, he received a one-year contract believed to be for the veteran’s minimum, about $1.3 million.”

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  • Bravo

    Vc is gonna dunk on l.a

  • vctmac

    wow, dallas is quietly adding veteran pieces,
    but its gna be intersteing to see whose gna be ther 5, their pure and true CENTER.
    with tyson gone, i dono if anyone can fill tht void…

  • vctmac

    unless D12 decides he wants to be a maverick, then hello repeat.

  • Will Lee

    if i were cardinal i take that.

  • http://averysmith.org Avery Smith

    Hello?? Haywood is still there. Don’t forget that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Wow, the mavericks are old. Dirk, JET, Marion, Carter, Odom, Kidd! Don’t get me wrong, they’re obviously a good basketball team, but they really need to get younger. Even if they’re thinking about 1-2 year window, they’re still old.

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  • Andy

    Of course Jahmai their old. But JET and Kidd are gone next year. Carter is gone if they want. They’ll have a ton of cap room in 2013 if they need it- they have a ton of flexibility next off season.

    The main thing is that they stay competitive this season. By losing chandler, jj, stevenson, and butler- mavs looked pretty freakin uncompetitive. Now they are at the very least competitive THIS year. That gives offseason acquisitions next year the confidence to be able sign with us.

  • Lew alcindor

    celtics of the west.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    ^ I agree. If these guys were in their prime, this would be among the greatest teams ever (Kidd/Carter/Dirk would have been another ‘big 3′). At their current ages and so many games compressed into the short season, it will be interesting to see how/if their bodies hold up.

  • matt

    The 2003 NBA All Star team aka the Dallas Mavericks

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    odom can play every spot in the floor so why not sign shooters? if the 5 is buggin u brandon haywood can start and odom can fill in.

  • marc

    I hope vc can be his old self(highly doubt it)and be a good role player.

  • manu

    VC dropped 48 in 2010 he still has it…always never tried hard enuff..such a shame

  • Jesus The Notorious

    Dallas has always been a good refuge for NBA vets (Van Exel, ‘Toine, Stackhouse, etc..,)
    There just keeping the trend going.
    Now, what remains to be seen is if VC will disrupt the team’s chemistry or not.
    Hopefully it pans out for both sides.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    @manu – He dropped 48 in one game. At it was over the freaking Hornets. He averaged 16 for the season. Carter is one of my favourite players, but he’s not going to have a magic revival all of a sudden. He’ll be a good scorer off the bench. First though, he needs to shave off that nasty looking beard and go back to #15. WTF is #25???

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    Why would VC disrupt team chemistry? He’s known to be one of the nicest guys in the league. I don’t think he’s ever been a locker room distraction, minus the year he wanted out of Toronto.

  • Jesus The Notorious

    I never questioned his character. Carter is one of the coolest, nicest cats in the L. But nice doesn’t cut it. Or @ least according to Mr. Billups. Haha!
    Mainly I was referring to on-court chemistry.
    Will he be a fit in the rotation? Will he be effective?
    Because, as we all know, he didn’t fit in Orlando or in Phoenix. And he isn’t getting younger.
    These are concerns that I have of Vince. Legitimate concerns I might add.

  • boogey

    lets just hope VC will realize that this is his final chance to get that ring…lets hope that he plays on a high level and help dallas repeat…

  • LA Huey

    Peja’s not under contract, right? I’m just seeing this as him filling Peja’s role as a solid scoring defensive liability off the bench.

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    Vince Carter can have great year and be a awesome roll player on this team. Especially in a compacted season teams with this caliber of player and Lamar and Jet Terry coming off the bench is huge for the Mavs.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    So much for Dallas’s repeat. Any team that signs Carter begins a slide into mediocrity. Check his record.

  • Zabbah

    I agree with M Cho. Plus, losing Chandler and JJ Barea just means the Mas don’t want a title this season.

  • http://slamonline.com jumpman22

    With so much change on the roster, and a shortened training camp, I don’t know. It will be interesting to see how they will do in March, April, and the play-offs, as a team. The 60-game-season sounds helpful, but the schedule is not. So, let’s wait and see.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    D*mn… Dallas is deep..